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Red Buses | Glacier National Park, Montana

Scenic Drive

Driving Directions

Tours depart from the Glacier National Park Lodges. If you are staying outside the park, Apgar or St. Mary would be suggested tour departure points.

Points of Interest and Highlights along the Drive

With many tours available of varying length and duration, there is sure to be a tour that can fit your schedule. There are departure points on both the west and east sides of the park and many tours traverse the awe-inspiring Going-to-the-Sun Road. When the snow is cleared from Logan Pass, normally by mid to late June, the Crown of the Continent Tour departs from both the east and west side of Glacier National Park. Depending on your pickup location tour lasts 8 to 8-1/2 hours.

Route Description

Board one of Glacier National Park’s fleet of 33 soft-top tour buses introduced in the 1930s to shuttle sightseers over the Continental Divide. The original red buses built by White Motor Company were last restored as a gift by Ford Motor Company, which fitted them with stronger chassis and clean burning propane engines.

The historic (1936 -1939) Red Buses are both a symbol of Glacier National Park and a reminder of a time when adventurous travel was done with style and grace. The 25-foot-long touring coaches were originally built of oak and covered with an aluminum and metal skin. After 75 years of summer sightseeing over Going-to-the-Sun Road, the busses were in need of some upgrades. And in 2002, thanks to the Ford Motor Company, the entire fleet of 33 touring coaches were completely renovated as a gift to future generations so that they may experience Glacier National Park the way guests have since 1914.

Today, the buses serve as Glacier National Park's transportation and touring system, allowing guests to travel from one side of the park to the other along the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Glacier's fleet of touring coaches is thought to be the largest and oldest continually operating fleet of remaining White touring coaches. In the 1930s, the White Company built 500 of these buses for Glacier, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion , Bryce, Mt Rainier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. That was a fairly large production run of a unique vehicle and most of the buses in other parks were retired from service in the 1950s.

Name of Company Providing Experience: Glacier National Park Lodges

Activity Level to be Expected: Easy

Sizes of Groups: 17 passengers per bus